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T26E4 at Cantigny Park
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:04 am
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I finally got to visit Cantigny Park (near Chicago) recently. I had forgotten that there was a T26E4 there and was shocked when I saw that long gun and odd travel lock.

I will try posting a couple pix.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:05 am
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Here's another...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:07 am
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Cantigny Park is a beautiful place, but heck on photography as everything is nestled into the trees.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:11 am
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Ah, the only surviving long-barrelled Pershing I am aware of... I wish the turret wasnt facing to the rear though... Thanks for the pics!

Neil
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:20 am
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Here's their M46 - looks like it got the blast deflector off an M47 or M48
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:22 am
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Here's the M48...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:23 am
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As with many US museums, there's an obligatory M41 light...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:24 am
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Here's their M24. Not too bad of shape.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:25 am
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A decent M5 - original flavor type...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:26 am
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and an M551 (or M551A1???)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:30 am
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and their M1917 light...

The museum also has an M60(A0) and an M47 that looks kind of ratty
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 1:54 pm
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okay, where exactly in the chicago area is this park?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:31 pm
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It's in Wheaton, a Chicago suburb. Cantigny Park was one of the homes of Robert McCormick, who was a publisher of the Chicago Tribune. He donated the house and grounds to be made into a park for the people of Chicago. The grounds have his mansion, several garden areas and the 1st Division Museum. McCormick commanded an artillery battalion in the 1st Division in WW1 and the experience of the battle of Cantigny led him to name his home "Cantigny Park". The military museum has a number of very nice displays and interacive areas. One can go through 1:1 scale dioramas of a WW1 trench and dugout, Omaha Beach, etc. The Omaha beach is interesting. Behind you are the fronts of landing craft (LCM-sized) and ahead are the bluffs. My favorite is a scene with a (real) M4A3E8 and about five troops plus the tank commander. They are in extemporized winter camo and are set up as if entering a Belgian/German town in early 1945. Nice Sherman. The museum requested no flash photography or I would have glady posted photos of that one too.

Anyway the armor is outside the 1st Division Museum, scattered under the trees.

Admission was $8.00 per carload, which included the tour of the mansion. It is rare that I can find a "tank" museum that hasa heap of stuff that my wife wants to see, but this filled the bill. Only regret was not getting there earlier, but now we both want to go back again!

Gary
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Gary, was there also an M113 there?

Neil
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There is an M113 at Cantigny.
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